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Ashley Speagle

Ashley Speagle is a Florida-born, Georgia-raised communications specialist, couch movie critic, dream interpreter, acrophobic adventure seeker, outdoors enthusiast, and easy-going introvert.

The Power of Saying ‘Good Morning’ to Your Virtual Team

saying good morning at work

Saying “Good morning!” is something you do without thinking in the office but quickly forget when you’re working from home. But greeting your teammates is one of the best morning routines you can establish for virtual team building. Here’s why those two little words are such a powerful start to your workday: 1. It helps you establish a morning routine. A …

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Get Your Free Collabohaters Identification Field Guide

Collabohaters

Team spirit’s down, good ideas seem to have dried up and your meetings have become 15 minutes of fame for conversation hijackers. If that sounds like the state of your business collaboration, you may have some collabohaters on your hands. Here are the big ones and how to identify them before they eat up anymore work time: The 9 Types …

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The 5 Phases of a Bad Meeting Pandemic

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Typically, a meeting will go something like this: the host sets intentions and expectations, resources and people are gathered, an invitation is sent with detailed instructions, the meeting kicks off on time with introductions, questions and note-taking spark engagement, the host wraps up with next steps and a follow-up email recaps and reminds every worker of their responsibilities and deadlines. …

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Coolest Coworking Spaces in the Top 10 Metro Areas

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Of the 79 percent of employees now working outside the office, 10 percent set up shop at shared workspaces, according to the second annual Global Telework Survey by PGi. Also known as coworking spaces, these home office alternatives provide the perfect balance of flexibility, socialization and structure for telecommuters, as well as upgraded space to meet in person, video conference, network …

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Video or IM? A Communication Flowchart for Virtual Teams

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Working outside the office is now the new norm, which means the “office” is now a digital workplace. Instead of conference rooms, break rooms and adjoining cubicles, virtual teams now use video conferencing, social media and instant messaging to manage workflows, communicate and build better teamwork. However, now that your virtual team has so many tools at your disposal, how …

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How to Recreate Water-Cooler Chat for Virtual Team Building

virtual water-cooler chat

Water-cooler chat: A brief, marvelous moment in the workday when employees share office buzz and tales from the weekend outside of their cubicles—and a must-have for virtual team building. Bonding, constructive criticism, knowledge sharing and innovation are the fruits of such spontaneous communication. But when your workers’ only interactions are online or on the phone, how do you capture the …

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What’s the Best Virtual Team Building Activity You Can Do?

virtual team building activities

Virtual happy hours, remote office tours, online show-and-tell—everyone loves to get creative with virtual team building activities to bond and play from afar. So what’s the best virtual team building activity you can do? Create a plan for better communication. Sure, it’s not as exciting as beating your boss in a video game or as funny as your icebreakers, but …

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10 Rules of Social Sales

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Blazing a trail, forging a new path and breaking ground on new ways to sell on social media all sounds very exciting, but don’t you wish you had some wisdom and guidelines to help you take the first steps? Now you do. Here’s what the speakers of PGi’s recent webinar, Join the Sales Revolution!, said are the new rules of …

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Call Center Week Recognizes PGi Customer Care

2015 Call Center Week Excellence Awards

The world-class customer care that helps make PGi’s collaboration solutions the best in the industry recently earned another acknowledgement for implementing industry best practices. Yesterday, PGi beat out three other finalists for the Excellence Award for Best Contact Center Culture at the 2015 Call Center Week Excellence Awards in Las Vegas. The award recognizes PGi’s innovative initiatives to make customer care a priority and …

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3 Critical Things You Need to Succeed in Social Sales

social sales plan

The cold call is dead, content now has a significant impact on buying decisions and video fosters trust in the sales cycle. This is the new era of social sales. However, despite the tremendous value of thought leadership and online buyer education, social sales isn’t simply a matter of creating a Twitter profile and posting updates to LinkedIn. To ensure …

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5 Most Annoying Online Meeting Personalities

annoying people in meetings

Whether you’re clicking to join or filing into a conference room, every meeting’s got collabohaters. They chomp up precious meeting time, disrupt your agenda and make it extremely hard for you to accomplish anything. Here’s a quick guide to identify some of the most annoying personalities taking over your online meetings: 1. The Vader Breather: The noisiest people during online …

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20 Teamwork Quotes to Inspire Team Building

Teamwork Quotes

Whether we admit it or not, work relationships matter to our quality of life, and whether we’re virtual or in an office, teamwork helps us move faster and inspires greater innovation. Here are 20 teamwork quotes to inspire team building from near and far. 20 Teamwork Quotes to Inspire Team Building from PGi “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together …

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Webinar: Join the Sales Revolution!

Social Sales Webinar

Register now for PGi’s “Join the Sales Revolution!” webcast on Wednesday, June 10, at 13:00 EDT. Social sales, CRM, thought leadership, collaboration: these are more than just buzzwords for today’s sales professionals. They’re all part of the social sales revolution. PGi’s brand new eBook on social selling, “Join the Social Sales Revolution: Your Guide to the New Way to …

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Webinar: 4 Pillars of Building Sales & Marketing Alignment

sales and marketing alignment webinar

Register now for PGi’s upcoming webinar, Ask the Experts with SiriusDecisions: 4 Pillars of Building Sales & Marketing Alignment, on June 4 at 14:00 ET (11:00 PT). Are your sales and marketing teams missing out on opportunities because you’re out of sync? Are you clueless about how your team counterparts are engaging with prospects and customers? Then it’s time …

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10 Sales Quotes to Light a Fire Under Your Team

10 Sales Quotes to Light a Fire Under Your Team

Sales has evolved, and it’s time to stop telling your team to “Always Be Closing.” If you want your team to close the digital buyer, it’s time you start telling them to “Always Be Connected” in the era of social sales. Here are 10 more sales quotes to rally your troops to blaze the trail in social sales. 10 Social Sales …

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5 Links to Get Started With Social Sales

social sales

Ready to embrace social selling but not sure where to start? Leave traditional sales strategies behind for social sales with five of PGi’s top blog posts. 5 Blog Posts to Get Started With Social Sales Tweet Me, +1 Me, I Want to Buy! 6 Tips for Social Selling: Now that you’re following customers to their stomping grounds on social media, …

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What Most Sales Leaders Aren’t Doing to Drive Social Selling

social selling footsteps

The social selling revolution is paramount to staying competitive when it comes to engaging today’s buyers, but let’s face it, change doesn’t come easy. So what does a sales leader say about implementing social selling across the organization? That’s what Amar Sheth, Principal at Sales for Life, set out to discover in a recent interview with Mario Martinez Jr., Regional Vice …

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From Evolution to Revolution: The Journey of Modern Sales

You’ve come a long way, seller. First, you shed your primitive sales strategies to adapt and survive the shifting social sales landscape. Now, you’re leading an all-out revolt against traditional sales mindsets. There’s nothing easy about change. However, sales teams like yours have an unprecedented opportunity to be among the first to be called thought leaders by customers and innovators …

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5 Reasons Your Webinar Presentation Is the Ugliest of Them All

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On average, only 25 percent of attendees spend 20-30 minutes on webinars, 30 percent spend 30-60 minutes and only 11 percent spend over 60 minutes, according to the 2014 B2B Content Preferences Survey. What gives? Why isn’t everyone sticking around for your finale, your Q&A, your call to action? One reason: slide fatigue. Your webinar presentation is simply too boring and too overwhelming …

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Lead Your Customer-Centric Technology Agenda With Collaboration

Forresters Forum for Technology Leaders

This week’s Forrester’s Forum for Technology Leaders in Orlando covered hot topics like BI, security, agile development and infrastructure architecture, but the entire event centered around this key theme: how to lead a customer-obsessed technology agenda. Both enterprise and line-of-business strategies hinge on the customer today, which means every department, not just marketing and customer service, now needs customer data. It is up to the technology team …

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